Grants announced for valley organizations
As part of its rural development mandate, the provincial government is providing $673,124 in project development grants to support rural communities throughout B.C.
In the fifth intake of the BC Rural Dividend program, 68 local governments, First Nations and not-for-profit organizations will receive funding to reinvigorate and diversify their local economies.
From that funding pot, two Columbia Valley organizations are benefiting. The Columbia Valley Chamber of Commerce is getting $10,000 and the Columbia Valley Learning Centre Society in Parson is also getting $10,000.
“It takes a lot of hard work to develop ideas that can stimulate local prosperity and create jobs for small communities,” said Doug Donaldson, Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development. “Rural citizens are resourceful, and the calibre of these project development applications reflects their ingenuity and commitment to community development.”
Under the Rural Dividend project development funding stream, up to $10,000 is provided to eligible applicants to do preliminary work that is necessary to pursue larger community projects in the future.